Government letter over A937/A90 causes fury

Transport Scotland have caused fury among Laurencekirk flyover campaigners over a letter regarding the A937 road at Montrose.

The letter was posted on the A937/A90 Junction Campaign Facebook page by Jill Fotheringham, who called it “not good reading” and “in fact, the most dismissive one yet.”

The A937 was recently marked as one of the worst roads in the UK in a recent survey done by the Road Safety Foundation and EuroRap (European Road Assessment Programme).

In the letter from the Scottish Government, it states: “I recognise your strength of feelings on this matter and can assure you that Transport Scotland take the safety of the trunk road network very seriously.”

The letter ends: “The recently published EuroRap report highlights the A937 near Montrose as being one of two locations in Scotland featuring in their high risk category.

The assessement and risk ascribed to the route is confined to the A937 and does not relate to the A90 junction at Laurencekirk.”

Campaigners and members of the Facebook page have been outraged by the letter with some claiming that they fear “that for them to do anything at all there will need to be more fatalities.”

Jill later commented on the post: “Last paragraph about the eurorap report, because the A937 is officially the most dangerous road in Scotland they have said that the report relates to the road only and not the junction.

‘‘I do believe, last time I looked, the junction was on the A937 - has somebody moved it?”

Jill has been leading the campaign for a grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk on the A90 for the past nine years .

A recent petition for a flyover at the accident blackspot gathered more than 2700 signatures.